Eric Zimmerman was quoted in the July 21 issue of BNA's Medicare Report in an article about how a provision of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 will place a hold on Medicare payments for Part A and Part B claims for the last nine days of fiscal year 2006. Mr. Zimmerman noted that he told BNA that the payment delay is not something providers should be concerned about. "It may affect cash flow, but not significantly," he said. Mr. Zimmerman was also quoted saying, "It's an accounting trick that Congress used to contain the overall cost of the bill. By shifting some of the costs into later years, they were able to achieve the overall spending goals that they needed to be within."